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Candidate: Dr. Eric Friedman

Candidate: Dr. Eric Friedman

Dr. Eric FriedmanDr. Eric Friedman serves as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hudson County Community College where he oversees the college’s academic divisions as well as Workforce Development, Community Education, the landmark Culinary Conference Center, Faculty and Staff Development, Academic Support Services, and strategic partnerships through the Office of School and College Relations. He previously served as Dean of Community Education. His many successes at HCCC include initiating new programs, forging numerous strategic partnerships with area high schools, business and industry, and universities, and creating retention-support programs. He is a statewide champion for Guided Pathways.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Denver, an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. He has also attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and the Executive Leadership Institute at the League for Innovation in the Community College. A native of Long Island, New York, he graduated from the public school system.

Dr. Friedman has taught at public and private colleges including Drew University, Passaic County Community College, Hudson County Community College, The New School, and The Art Institute of New York City. He has presented at national community college conferences including AACC, STEMtech, NISOD, and HACU.

For his work on behalf of community college students in New Jersey, he was honored by the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges with their 2013 Spirit Award. He is the recipient of a 2015 Distinguished College Administrator Award from the Phi Theta Kappa organization and a 2014 Rotary Club of Jersey City Community Service Award. He is an active member of Hudson County’s Workforce Investment Board, the NJ Business and Industry Association’s Education Committee, the Employer Legislative Committee, has lobbied in Washington on behalf of community college students, and served on the mission-review committee for the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.